A better shade of green
June 12th, 2009
My garden has had an equally rough start to the season. The frost on June 2nd took out a few cucumbers and a couple of yellow squash plants - This past weekend I replanted the cukes but the garden store was out of squash seedlings - so I need to decide if I go back tomorrow (before the weekend rush) or wait and see if the remaining 4 plants will be able to produce...For whatever reason my tomatoes (which I don't eat and grow only to gift and feed to the boys) and peppers are going like gangbusters. Some mini tomatoes are starting (no not cherry/grape - literally mini tomatoes - growing to be big tomatoes) and I noticed my pepper plants are thinking about fruiting. Perhaps they are doing well BECAUSE they've had a chance to acclimate without getting burned in what amounts to be 15 hours of sun in my plot.
One of the boys after their bath and groomings. Teller (left) and Murphy (right)
June 14th, 2009
Since the boys couldn't swim this weekend I took advantage of some marginally warm temperatures to bath and really brush them out - Murph has been hanging onto some serious clumps of winter undercoat - he probably feels much better now that it's combed out - even if it did mean having an outdoor bath.
June 17th, 2009
Despite the photographic evidence to the contrary...Teller contemplates the balance in his life...the need to keep his nice and the naughty in perfect balance - ying and yang. Absence of naughty leads to unrealistic expectations. Absence of nice leads to an absence of cheese. It's very existential.
In other news I entered three days of obedience at the Scenic Cluster so that gives us four weeks now to be ready for open obedience - not a lot of time for a green dog who's been more or less just playing agility all spring. Fast and distance is pretty much the anti-heeling isn't it :-) So I happened to run into Amanda at Waggles who was kind enough to tape a quick training session for me this week - We've got some more work to do - I'd like to see better halt/sits in the heelwork - he's forging into them and offering me some crooked sites. My footwork is a mess - I'm going to have to suck it up and go practice footwork in the street without my dog. Its somewhat humbling to do so - and my neighbors look at me like I have two heads...It's for the greater good though - I don't want to cost us points in the ring. Over all the forging that plagued us in the fall (in Novice) has improved, his attention has improved as has his animation. I love the fronts he's consistantly giving me now - he's RIGHT there. Too bad his handler hasn't improved!
So what's next? Well two agility trials in July in addition to the obedience weekend. Two of those three weekends are within 5 miles from home so we'll be able to keep things pretty low key I think...Then I'm going to enter a local NADAC trial - the same one where Teller debuted last year - It's a nice chance to get six runs in a day - get some contact work - work some distance and weave entries and then come home, swim in our own pool and sleep in our own beds...